Welcome to Release Radar––your weekly pass to the most exciting new releases from across the music spectrum. Attendee.com wants to put the hottest new albums on your radar so you’re always in the know and ready to catch the artists live when they come to town. From prominent pop stars and indie rockers to hip-hop’s up-and-comers, we’ve got you covered! 

Madeon – Good Faith

Madeon - Good FaithFrench producer and former wunderkind Madeon has been one of the industry’s worst kept secrets. Back in 2011, a video of him spinning and sampling 39 different tracks in real time went viral and propelled him into notoriety. Now almost a decade later, the baby-faced DJ has released his most robust project yet. Good Faith showcases the 25-year-old’s impressive pop sensibilities through a mixture of everything that gets you off your feet: French disco and house feature as prominent influences, with sprinklings of gospel choirs, ‘70s funk guitar and EDM drops to boot. The album’s strongest track, “Miracle,” might be the best example why his production has been praised by everyone from Lady Gaga to Two Door Cinema Club.

Grab tickets to Madeon’s November 27 and November 29 shows at Brooklyn Steel here

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – I Made A Place              

Bonnie "Prince" Billy - I Made A Place
One of the most prolific folk artists of the past 30 years, Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s most recent release finds the mustachioed savante at his most jovial. Songs like “Squid Eye” sound akin to a backyard jam during a summer barbecue or late-night porch session. In contrast, tracks like “In Good Faith” are Americana reflections on the nature of work, age and the beauty of the natural world. “We rise everyday and we will until our golden star bursts,” Billy whispers over the thoughtful, classical guitar balladry of Nathan Salsburg. I Made A Place is another tempered and insightful release that comes from an Appalachian perspective that is often lost in contemporary music.

Get tickets to Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s performance at Town Hall on March 9 here

Tei ShiLa Linda    

Tei Shi - La LindaWith her infectious mixture of bedroom pop sensibilities and ambient R&B, Tei Shi establishes herself as one of independent pop’s most competitive players. Tei Shi came into the spotlight following her collaborations with Dev Hynes (who appears on La Linda to perform the duet “Even If It Hurts”) on his most recent Blood Orange project. However, it’s important to remember that she’s been putting out intricately produced, soulful tracks since 2013. But La Linda finds the Argentinian singer at her most mature, especially from a lyrical standpoint. “Love is not a temporary thing for me,” she examines on the opener “Addict”. With her latest release, Tei Shi proves to be a more than adequate antidote for those of us who are still high and dry for a new SZA or Frank Ocean LP.

Anticipation Albums

Grimes – “So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth” 

Grimes - So Heavy I Fell Through The EarthVery little of Grimes’ 2019 had anything to do with music; the majority of the press she received almost exclusively revolved around her relationship with tech billionaire Elon Musk and an absurd feud with rapper-turned-polemicist Azealia Banks. It seems like next year will be better for the art-pop songstress, as last week saw her formally announce the release date —February 21, 2020 to be precise— to her much anticipated follow-up to Art Angels. On top of that, she’s dropped her best track since 2015 with the release of “So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth”. The track is a transcendental piece of electronic pop with vocal flourishes that dance around muted percussion like a secretive wind. Unlike Art Angel, which utilized a maximalist approach to style, “So Heavy” takes a more methodical approach that echoes the stylings of bands like Cocteau Twins and Everything but the Girl.

Olivia O’BrienIt Was A Sad F**king Summer

Olivia O'Brien - It Was A Sad F**king SummerThe first installation of what this Gen-Z pop singer is calling “micro mixtapes,” It Was a Sad F**king Summer plays exactly how the nineteen-year-old seems to have intended: a frustrated and recollective f*** you to a summer romance gone awry. “And I can’t listen to old Nirvana/ won’t even think about drinking vodka,” she exclaims on “Sad Songs of the Summer.” That track, along with the b-side “Almost Love,” taps into the same energy that skyrocketed Billie Eilish into stardom: a loud-quiet-loud approach that uses both simple snaps and claps before diving head first into explosive polyrhythms and lantern-lit synths. O’Brien is definitely a sleeper pick to blow up in 2020.